Classy Desk Blotters

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a reader asking for recommendations for desk blotters. Between the oversize, ungainly calendars and the 1980s vinyl “leather-look” options, it’s slim pickings out there!

But, if you’re in the market for an attractive desk blotter, look no further. Here are my three favorites plus one great tutorial for making your own desk blotter.

Black and Gray Geometric Desk Blotter Pad

This 14 x 20 blotter by Labnutz features a quatrefoil pattern in sophisticated black and gray. Depending on the size of your desk, it may be a bit too small, but it’s a great size for smaller desks. The side pockets are great for tucking away notes or other papers you want to keep front and center.

Labnutz creates each blotter herself in Raleigh, NC.

Bella Desk Blotter

The Bella desk blotter from See Jane Work comes in five gorgeous colors. It measures 16 x 21 and features contrasting stitching.

It’s handmade in Italian leather and measures 16 x 21.

Oasis Pad Backer with Concept Pad

The Concept Pad (and Oasis Pad Backer) from Levenger is great for creatives. The 11 x 17 ” sheets of the Concept Pad
offer plenty of space for notes and drawing. The pad itself is only 20 x 12 so it might be dwarfed by larger desks.

Make Your Own

Martha Stewart offers a step-by-step tutorial to make your own desk blotter using leather and chipboard. The great thing about a diy desk blotter is that you can make it any size and color you’d like so you can be sure it suits your desk. (Of course, if you choose to use a standard blotter pad to fill it, you’ll want to make sure you rely on those dimensions.)

Which desk blotter would you like for your own desk?